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    Are you Protecting your Home from Electrical Fires?

    Electrical faults are responsible for around half of all house fires in the UK. Every year, more than 20,000 homes are damaged by fire caused by electrical faults and around 70 people are killed.

    Electrical wires are usually hidden away behind walls and it can be all to easy to forget about them. This can lead to faults and fraying and ultimately, the risk of fire. If you live in an old house, it is definitely worth your while getting a professional electrician in to check your wiring. It only takes one spark to start a fire.

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    It might seem cheaper to do this electrical work yourself, but the costs ultimately outweigh the benefits. Bringing in an electrician to find and rectify any electrical faults you may have inadvertently caused costs more than having a qualified professional complete the job in the first place.

    In addition, no electrician will certify any electrical work you have done yourself, even if the work is completed to a high level. This is because of the highly dangerous nature of electrical works.

    That being said, one should always check one’s own plugs and indoor wiring for fraying or damage. If you notice that fuses are blowing regularly or you can hear a buzzing or ‘arcing’ sound, these are signs that your wiring or plugs may need replacing. Never plug an adaptor into another adaptor or overload one adaptor with a number of high-current appliances. If you are relying on the usage of adaptors, you may need to install more power-points in your home.

    According to government figures, 61% of all non-fatal fire casualties occurred as a result of kitchen fires in 2011. Accidental fires happen as a result of faulty wiring all the time, but there are a number of other health and safety considerations one should be aware of, as well:

    1. Always connect your kitchen’s appliances to a fuse unit, mounted above the worktop where you can reach it easily. This is so that you can control the current flow to your appliances quickly and easily.
    2. Always keep plug-sockets and electrical currents away from water sources. Official guidelines dictate that all plugs should be installed at least 30cm away from sinks.

    A qualified electrician must be able to prove that they have Part P certification. You should ask for proof of their scheme enrolment number and which registered body they have been approved under.

    If you are looking for recommended electrician in Bristol, we have a list of approved and certified electricians on our database. Call us on 0117 908 1198 with any questions you may have.

    Thursday, 20 Mar 2014

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